This weekend "500 Days of Summer
" became my favorite movie of the season. The film's non-linear style of romantic storytelling works incredibly well. Jumping back and forth through various days in Tom and Summer's relationship is a fascinating way to get to know the couple.Joseph Gordon-Levitt
plays Tom with an awkward charm that other lovesick fools can identify with. Much like a typical heartbroken lover, Tom finds himself bogged down remembering the positive parts of his relationship but forgetting the trials and tribulations.
While the film is not a typical love story filled with happy moments, it balances melancholy with a certain humor and sense of hope for love in Tom's future. I highly recommend this movie.
My most highly anticipated movie of the summer comes out this week. I have been excited about "Inglourious Basterds," since I first heard it was in development several years ago. Also arriving in theaters this week are "Post Grad," "My One and Only," and "Casi Divas."
In the thick of World War II, a band of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" arrives in Nazi occupied France with plans to launch a campaign of intimidation. The Basterds intend to strike fear in the Third Reich by scalping and murdering Nazis. Joining forces with a French-Jewish woman who owns a Paris movie theater, the men plan an assault on Nazi leadership attending a film premiere.
Quirky filmmaker Quentin Tarantino
writes and directs this World War II action epic. Brad Pitt
stars as the tough as nails leader of The Basterds, Lt. Aldo Raine. He's joined by Tarantino pal and fellow director Eli Roth
, Diane Kruger
, Christoph Waltz
, B.J. Novak
, and Mike Myers
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Tarantino junkies should get their jollies with this action-packed bloodbath. His sick sense of humor and his penchant for gratuitous violence should influence "Inglourious Basterds." As an artist Tarantino likes to pay homage to great movies of the past, so while it might not be the most historically accurate movie, World War II genre fans will probably appreciate this attack on the Third Reich.
Recent college graduate Ryden Malby (played by former Gilmore Girls
star Alexis Bledel
) is struggling to find the right job, the perfect guy, and the direction her life is headed. She is forced to move back in with her oddball family, while she reconsiders her options.
A woman who has made a name for herself behind the scenes of animated films like 2004's "Shark Tale
," Vicky Jenson transitions to live action, directing this coming of age movie. Kelly Fremon pens her first motion picture screenplay with "Post Grad." Surrounding Alexis Bledel are veteran funny actors like Michael Keaton
, Jane Lynch
, and J.K. Simmons
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Female audiences will most likely want to check out this coming-of-age movie about a young woman trying to find certainty during an uncertain time in her life, as well as fans of "Gilmore Girls." Recent college graduates searching for work in the current job market should also be able to relate to Ryden's plight.
Set in the 1950s, this comedy revolves around Anne Deveraux (Renee Zellweger
), who leaves her adulterous husband and embarks on a trip around the country in search of a new wealthy husband to support her and her sons.
The man behind the Harrison Ford
" directs this period piece comedy. Screenwriter Charlie Peters returns from an 11-year hiatus to pen the screenplay for "My One and Only." Peters' previous writing effort was 1998's "Music from Another Room." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Period piece aficionados, especially those who prefer movies set in the 1950s, will enjoy this movie. From the trailer, the style of the 50s seems well replicated on screen. Fans of Kevin Bacon
and Renée Zellweger should also view this movie, since Bacon plays Anne Deveraux's adulterous husband.
Four women from different corners of Mexico find themselves pitted against hundreds of other aspiring actresses for roles in a movie producer's latest project. The women realize more is at stake when one of the country's top actresses who is the producer's on and off again lover, fails to get the project's lead role.
"Casi Divas" introduces audiences to Issa López, the Mexican filmmaker who writes and directs this vain Spanish language comedy. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Viewers who spend their time glued to reality television like "American Idol
" should see the humor in this movie where actresses are competing for the ultimate role. Those who appreciate foreign films, particularly Spanish films, should go see this comedy.
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean
, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.